Jalda carrying Blue Goat Aida ToteLast fall I had the absolute pleasure of meeting the Founder and Creative Director of the fabulous handbag line with her namesake, Jalda. To be honest, this was the first full blown interview I conducted as a member of Purse Blog. Gearing up for the round of LA based interviews, I re-read the many interviews that Megs and Vlad had already conducted. And I’ll be honest, as I drove up to Jalda’s office I found myself to be a tad nervous. What could I expect? What would she be like? Would the interview go smoothly? Well, with my notepad, pen, camera and recorder in hand, I took a deep breath, walked up the stairs and braced myself.

Any worry I previously had was instantly forgotten about when Jalda opened the door, reached out her hand and welcomed me into her office. As we introduced ourselves and began chatting, I could help but find my eyes wondering around her office/showroom. The space was just like Jalda – fabulous and fresh. Light beamed through the windows and caused the handbags to sparkle. Jalda poured both of us a cappuccino and we got started.

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  • Mommy needs a new bag

    Wow, the clutches on her website are amazing! I would be happy to have any of them in my collection – gorgeous.

  • jun3machina

    im sorry but first thing that came to mind, before i read anything was that the blue bag pictured looks like a MJ stam bag rip off: done in a minimalistic fashion-student sorta way. simplified, and a bit too amateur for my personal taste.

    so i went to her site, and while i can see inspiration from MJ to YSL to smaller designers like rebecca minkoff, there is part of her design aesthetic showing through, with nods to these other bag designs she’s looked at. all in all, i most likely wouldn’t buy one from this line, but it would be a line to keep an eye on. perhaps in the future she can come away from the nods to other designers and really show her concepts more realized, with a bit less influence. There’s definitely something interesting there, i think it just needs to mature a bit more personally.

  • Sheila Ray

    I just bought one of your purses and was told it was real crockadile. How can you tell if it is real or stamped?
    Thanks
    Sheila